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Smiles are just as infectious as the travel bug, so where in the world do we go to find happiness? We’ve been busy finding out about the relationship between happiness and travel: how is this broad term defined in different places around the world? What exactly motivates us to move around? For HI happiness month, we’re looking beyond the backpack for stories and memories to inspire and entertain, to get to the root of wanderlust and why it’s such a big part of being human. As one of the top 10 happiest countries in the world, Canada captivates: find wellbeing in the mountainous, glacial realm of the Rockies, and soak up cool cultural scenes in the cities of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Find contentment in home-grown cuisines around our pick of gorgeous lakeside hostels in Italy, and read our bloggers’ inside tips on the hub of Amsterdam along with some lesser-known spots to bookmark for your best trip to the Netherlands so far. If you haven’t met the love of your life yet, meet the Czech Republic; for a country which has only been around since 1993, it’s got a vibrant history: the past, and the good beer, becomes real in Prague, whilst unearthing Europe’s secrets in the ancient lands of Plzeň and Brno is a must. Using words like ‘love’ and ‘laughter’ more than any other country, let Spain leave its positive mark on your mood by stumbling upon sun and tapas in Seville, and unbeatable hospitality in the Canary Islands.
Happiness is hostelling.